Pawtuckaway State Park

April 19. 2011 9:22PM

Pawtuckaway State Park offers a variety of landscapes, with something to do and see for everyone. There are many opportunities for hiking, with trails leading to many special points of interest, including a mountaintop fire tower; an extensive marsh where beavers, deer, and great blue herons may be seen, and a geologically unique field where large boulders called glacial erratics were deposited when glacial ice melted near the end of the Ice Age.

The 193 campground sites line the shore of beautiful Pawtuckaway Lake. The park includes a large family beach on the lake with a bathhouse, a group picnic area, a playground, and a group shelter with a ball field available by reservation only. Other activities in the park include biking, fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Location: Off Route 156, Nottingham

Phone: 603-895-3031

Activities: Camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, boating, biking, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing

Amenities: Campground, camp store, ball field, playground, bathhouse, shelters, picnic tables, canoe & row boat rentals, boat launch, showers

Operation Schedule:

Day-Use Weekends: Mid-May to Mid-June

Daily: Mid-June to Labor Day

Camping: Early-May to Mid-October

Acreage: 5,063 acres

Waterfront: Lake Pawtuckaway

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Less than 40 minutes to the coastal beaches to the east and to Manchester to the west, Pawtuckaway State Park Campground is well located for easy access to a variety of attractions and activities. Except for the RV Park located at Hampton Beach, Pawtuckaway provides the closest state park camping area to the seacoast. Hiking, mountain biking, boating, swimming, and fishing are popular pastimes of campers.

All sites are wooded and many provide views of the lake. Each of the campsites has an open fireplace, picnic table, flat area for a tent, and a parking space. Although there are no hook-ups, recreational vehicles are welcome in sites where they fit. Running water, flush toilet facilities, a camp store, boat launch, and canoe and paddle boat rentals are available. Coin-operated showers are accessible 24 hours a day. Please remember that pets are not permitted.

The 195-site campground includes 180 sites available by reservation only, 4 of which are for youth group reservations; and 15 for first-come/first-served campers. Reserved camping with full staffing and facilities will be available from late May to mid-October. Reservations for campsites may be made by calling the Reservation Office, Monday through Friday, from January through the end of the season.

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